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Just announced: Ozric Tentacles, 11th November.

Ozric Tentacles

11 November / 19:30 / More Info / Tickets on sale Thursday, 09:00

Ozric Tentacles are, simply put, legends of the UK underground.

One of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK's festival scene, "The Ozrics" layer ambient and ethereal landscapes with freeform dub trips, incredible rave grooves, and psychedelic progressive rock. Their aim is not just to make truly unique and culturally diverse music, but to harmoniously unite all in attendance, and create portals for astral travel. Most fans and listeners report feelings of euphoria, an immediate connection to nature as well as others around them, and intense feelings that they have transported to other dimensions or met with other-worldly beings. It's an open exploration of music and the soul.

In their 30 years, the Ozrics have experienced the vicissitudes of the rock and roll life. The band has flourished through a number of line-up changes, spawned several side projects (including Eat Static and Nodens Ictus), created their own record label (Dovetail & Stretchy), put out close to 30 albums, scored a hit record, and sold over a million albums world-wide. And yet, the basic motivation behind the band’s existence has never wavered.

Just announced: Gabby Young and Other Animals, 22nd November.

Gabby Young and Other Animals

22 November / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

DHP present "the finest purveyors of Circus Swing”, Gabby Young and Other Animals, live at Band on the Wall.

Gabby Young was on track to become an opera singer until Jeff Buckley and the jazz greats inspired her to switch teams. Gabby’s unique perspective of the world around her is inspired as much by imagination as real events, but when thyroid cancer threatened to take her classically trained voice at the age of 22, she got serious about recording her stories. Using her recovery time to pen her melodies, Gabby took in global influences to fuel her heartfelt emotion, which shines through her beautifully haunting songs. ‘I feel blessed rather than afflicted,’ she says simply.

Gabby recently formed the existing band, normally a 5-7 piece, who complete the magical musical fairground we know today, using a wide range of instruments, most notably trumpet, trombone, piano and accordion. Young’s avant-garde fusion of globally-influenced folk combines Balkan brass, jazz and swing in an aural antiques shop from the future to produce what has been affectionately dubbed Circus Swing by those who realised there was no existing genre to encompass Young’s sound.

"Howling mad and completely irresistibleBBC 6Music

Gabby is a special talent with an enchanting voice.” BBC Radio 2

A kaleidoscopic world of gaudy spectacle and burlesque beguilementmusicOMH

Just announced: Protoje & Indiggnation Band DJs Young Warrior & Mikey Don, 24th October.

Protoje & Indiggnation Band DJs Young Warrior & Mikey Don

24 October / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Protoje, with his band The Indiggnation, bring their dub rock roots reggae to the Band on the Wall.

There is an exciting resurgence of conscious, organic music in Jamaica  and hailed as the front-runner of reggae’s musics Roots’ revival, Protoje is Jamaica’s latest musical export that’s making waves the world over. Leading the militant band, Indiggnation, this powerful songwriter and philosophical thinker articulates the righteous anger of an emerging generation. Protoje reports for duty, re-establishing the standard for the decaying art of socially responsible, mentally stimulating lyricism.

His debut album, The Seven Year Itch, made a fan of David Rodigan amongst many others and picked up Reggaeville.com’s #3 album of the year 2011 as well as earning the titles of him Songwriter of the Year and Best Newcomer from Riddim magazine. Within a week of his sophomore, The 8 Year Affair’s release, the Billboard-affiliated ‘Next Big Sound’ chart listed Protoje at #4. The album also charted in the top 5 on the iTunes Reggae charts in the USA, UK, France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland.

Now, he has a third album ready to drop in Autumn. It’s titled Ancient Future and features collaborations with fellow “Reggae Revival” artists Chronixx and Kabaka Pyramid alongside the UK’s Prince Fatty.

With lyrical content that ranks social justice over frivolity, Protoje’s music sits in the proudly positive lineage of legends like Peter Tosh and Bob Marley, with a uniquely Millennial spin.

This show will be followed by a reggae clubnight ft. DJ Young Warrior DJ Mikey Don.

Just announced: Mike Stern Band, 14th October.

Mike Stern Band

14 October / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

In a career that spans three decades and a discography that includes more than a dozen eclectic and innovative recordings, six-time GRAMMY nominee Mike Stern has established himself as one of the premier jazz and jazz-fusion guitarists and composers of his generation.

Since his days with Blood Sweat & Tears in the mid-1970s, followed by stints with Billy Cobham and Miles Davis’ band in the ‘80s, and a solo career that now spans more than 25 years, guitarist Mike Stern has used his jazz roots as a starting point for exploring a range of alternate territories that include R&B, rock, swing, funk, world music and numerous other regions along the musical topography. The recipient of Guitar Player magazine’s Certified Legend Award for 2012, he’s an artist who’s not afraid to bring numerous styles and ideas – however diverse – into the same place just to see what happens.

“The guitar tends to keep you open-minded, because you hear it in so many places,” says Stern, listing many places he himself has ventured along the way – not just on All Over the Place, but in earlier work as well. “You hear it in rock, in country, in pop, in funk, in classical, you hear it in jazz, you hear it in so many kinds of music that you can immediately identify it on one level or another.”

Stern is ready at a moment’s notice to go to all of these places and more, and he’s ready and willing to bring anyone along for the ride. “Music, to me, is a language of the heart,” he says. “I hope people will get some emotional payoff from what I’ve done on this recording. That’s the vibe that I continue to go for with all of my music.”

Just announced: Jarrod Lawson, 9th October.

Jarrod Lawson

09 October / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Every once in a while, an album comes along by a new artist that raises the bar and blows you away (think D’Angelo, Badu, Maxwell). Jarrod Lawson has made one of those albums although all together different from those artists, his debut comprises songs and musicianship of such quality it is like a breath of fresh air. Jarrod writes songs with meaning, sings with true feeling and beautiful harmonies, and his keyboard playing is superb throughout.

Jarrod’s musical mentor, the legendary local singer and keyboardist, Bobby James has clearly left his indelible mark, evident in Jarrod’s trifold, multi-tasking live performance approach, covering both the right hand comp/solo and left hand bass keyboard roles, simultaneously spreading soulful lead vocals over the top of it all. Now, well on his way to making a name for himself in the Pacific Northwest, Jarrod has shared the stage with such international acts as Average White Band, Maceo Parker, Angelique Kidjo, Bilal, Ronnie Laws, Loose Ends, Liv Warfield, and Robert Glasper. Maybe best of all for Jarrod, so far, was performing at Stevie Wonder’s birthday party.

Whether he sings and plays funk, folk, R&B, rock or jazz - as has been said many times - “everything he touches turns to soul.” What began as a child’s interest in sound and rhythm has become a man’s expression of his own character. He sings from his integrity and spirituality, passion and compassion, empathy and sympathy…in other words, his own soul.

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